E-Petitions (2015)

Request

  • The number of official e-petitions rejected since January 1, 2015.
  • The number of official e-petitions rejected between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

 

Response

Information prior to 20 July 2015 is not held by the House of Commons. This information may be held by the Cabinet Office, who administered the e-petition system before that date. You may wish to consider submitting your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Cabinet Office.

Information relevant to your request since 20 July 2015 is held by the House of Commons. The total number rejected between 20 July 2015 and 23 November 2015 was 1743.

It may help you to know that rejected petitions are published on the e-petitions website, except for those that are considered to be libellous, contain confidential material, refer to a case that is active before the UK courts, are offensive, jokes or adverts. Rejected petitions can be viewed on the Parliamentary pages. The website also gives the reason for rejection in each case for those published there. These rejected petitions fell into the following categories:

Duplicate of an existing petition 751
Fake or incomplete name 61
Related to honours or appointments 24
Not the responsibility of the Government or Parliament 391
No clear request for action 204